El Dorado Arts Council – El Dorado Arts Council promotes a lively arts ecosystem, connecting local artists and organizations throughout the county. Check out their community arts & culture calendar for upcoming studio tours, art walks, poetry readings, music festivals, gallery exhibitions, living history reenactments, and more.
Thomas Kinkade Hometown Gallery
The original art gallery that helped launch the distinguished career of artist Thomas Kinkade, “Painter of Light,” is located on Placerville’s Historic Main Street. Kinkade grew up in Placerville in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and in 1984 was commissioned to paint original art for the Placerville Public Library. Kinkade’s works were designed to evoke nostalgia, warmth, and security and were almost certainly heavily influenced his early years in Placerville.
Art on the Divide
A cozy gallery in a historic brick building richly filled with the work of local artists on a treeArt-lined street in the northern region of El Dorado County. The Art on the Divide Gallery is a cooperative, with new work added monthly including new cards, jewelry, and art works small and large.
Barn Quilts are hand-painted public works of art that adorn locations such as barns, historic buildings, farms, and gardens. They offer a splash of color and charm to historic locations throughout El Dorado County. Each barn quilt has a story waiting to unfold. Download an El Dorado County Quilt Trail Map to get started.
Live Performances and Concerts
Olde Coloma Theatre
380 Monument Road Coloma, CA 95613
Cheer the Hero…Boo the Villian… in a charming & historic theatre. Interact with your actors — who reply in character! Enjoy the rare art of melodrama — it’s one of only three such theatres in California!
The Movie Lover’s Guide to El Dorado County
It’s a little known fact that the scenic foothills and dramatic high alpine scenery of Lake Tahoe are in many Hollywood films. Here is a handy guide to all the films produced in the region.
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A special celebration honoring the 148th anniversary of the first Japanese colony in the United States, located in El Dorado County. This unique event includes a kite festival, food and drink, a raffle, and more.Find out more »